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Authorities on Saturday identified the wrong-way driver who died after causing a pair of freeway crashes in Duluth on Friday as a 77-year-old man from the Twin Cities metro area. The Minnesota State Patrol said Dennis Edlund of Centerville, Minn., died after colliding with two vehicles while driving a Hyundai Sonata the wrong way in the Duluth-bound lanes of the Bong Bridge at about 5:15 p.m. Friday. That crash came moments after the wrong-way vehicle sparked a three-car crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near 27th Avenue West.
A roundup of many of the Memorial Day observances taking place across the Northland this weekend. All events take place Monday, unless noted. MINNESOTA The Duluth Honor Guard will conduct Memorial Day services throughout Duluth at the following cemeteries: East Squad • 8:30 a.m. — Park Hill Cemetery • 9 a.m. — Forest Hill Cemetery • 9:45 a.m. — Calvary Cemetery • 10 a.m. — Polish Cemetery • 10:45 a.m. — Sunrise Memorial Park • 11:15 a.m. — Temple Israel/Maple Grove Cemetery
Mother's Day is just around the corner. Make your mom or grandmother smile by sharing a special message. Send in your favorite qualities about her along with a photo of the two of you. Submissions will print Mother's Day, May 14, in the Scrapbook section. Send entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth MN 55802. Deadline is noon Wednesday.
Duluth Fire Department crews battled a fire in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood late Monday. The fire on the 2000 block of West Fourth Street, just below Piedmont Avenue, appeared to involve two structures -- one of which, 2006 W. Fourth St., was the scene of a March 20 fire that officials labeled suspicious in nature. An "Arson" sign was visible in the window of that home as firefighters worked to douse flames in that building and an adjacent house. Crews were using two aerial ladders to battle the flames.
The arrival of May is being marked with snow and gusty winds in parts of the Northland this morning, with winter weather advisories in effect for much of the region. As of 11:30 a.m., U.S. Highway 53 between Duluth and Cotton was reported to be partially snow-covered, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Interstate 35 between Duluth and Sandstone was snow-covered earlier in the morning, and authorities had responded to several crashes and spinouts during the morning hours.
A late-season storm remains on track to affect the Northland from late Sunday into Monday, with the potential for accumulating snow in the region. “Rain Sunday afternoon may transition to snow Sunday night into Monday,” the National Weather Service reported Friday night. “... Accumulating snowfall (is) possible across Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, but (it’s) too early to tell where and how much.”
Amid what authorities say is a rash of overdoses in Duluth in the past week attributed to heroin mixed with fentanyl, two people were charged Thursday with selling those drugs from a Lincoln Park apartment. Marcell Lee Gaines, 46, and Jean Marie Anderson, 32, both of Duluth, each face a count of second-degree sale of a controlled substance in a public housing zone, a felony. The charge carries potential penalties of up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for a first conviction.
Parts of the Northland woke up to a coating of snow on Thursday morning, while the precipitation remained all rain for other parts of the region. In Duluth, rain was falling downtown on Thursday morning while just a few miles away, uphill and inland from Lake Superior, snow was falling. The snow added up to six-tenths of an inch at the Duluth airport — far from the record for the date, which remains 3.2 inches, set in 1893. Duluth's seasonal snow total stands at 64.9 inches — more than 19 inches below normal.
It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and there will be statewide tornado drills in both states today (April 20, 2017). The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota and Wisconsin counties - including all of the Northland - at 1:45 p.m. today. Most cities and counties will activate outdoor warning sirens at that time.
Rain may change over to snow in parts of the Northland overnight, with some slushy accumulation possible by Thursday morning. The National Weather Service reports that the higher terrain in and near Duluth and up the North Shore, away from Lake Superior, may see 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight. Some additional accumulation is possible on Thursday before temperatures rise into the 40s. Any precipitation that falls will be accompanied by gusty north-northeast winds.